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Sister Dorothy Ellen Wolsiffer


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Sister Dorothy Ellen is a native of Indianapolis. Currently, she ministers in prayer and health care at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Dorothy entered the Congregation in 1950, professing first vows in 1952 and final vows in 1957.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education and has a master’s degree in elementary education from Indiana University. She also has another master’s degree in theology from Mundelein University in Mundelein, Illinois.

Complete list of ministries


  • teacher, grade 4, St. Leo, Chicago (1959-1962)
  • secretary, Ministry Resource Center, Inc., Chicago (1981-1982)
  • programmer/bookkeeper, Ministry Resource Center, Inc., Chicago (1982-1987)
  • pastoral associate, Queen of Apostles Parish, Riverdale (1987-1988)
  • pastoral associate, Assumption Parish, Coal City (1998-2002)
  • volunteer to parish and nursing home, Assumption Parish, Coal City and Morning Star Mission, Joliet (2002-2012)


  • teacher grades 3,4,5, Annunciation, Brazil (1956-59)
  • teacher grade 4, St. Thomas Aquinas, Indianapolis (1959)
  • teacher, grade 4, St. James, Indianapolis (1962-65)
  • teacher, grade 4, St. John the Baptist, Whiting (1965-1968)
  • teacher, grade 5, St. Luke, Indianapolis (1968-1972)
  • teacher, grade 4, St. James, Indianapolis (1972-1976)
  • teacher, intermediate, South Central Catholic, Indianapolis (1976-77)
  • teacher, grade 5, St. Philip Neri, Indianapolis (1977-1979)
  • director, Simeon House, Indianapolis, (1980-1981)
  • volunteer driver, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2012-2020)
  • volunteer switchboard, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2015-2021)
  • prayer/health care volunteer, SMW, 2021-


  • teacher, grade 2, St. Rose, Chelsea (1954-1956)

New Hampshire

  • teacher, grade 4/5, St. Mary, Rochester (1952-1954)


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